'''Benito Pérez Galdós''' (May 10, 1843 – January 4, 1920) was a Spain|Spanish Spanish Realist literature|realist
novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes
in stature as a Spanish novelist.
[[http://users.ox.ac.uk/~ctitext2/publish/occas/eurolit/davies.html Davies, Rhian. Teaching European Literature and Culture with Communication and Information Technologies: The Pérez Galdós Editions Project]] ["...considered by some critics the greatest Spanish novelist since Cervantes, often compared to Balzac, Dickens, and Tolstoy." Encyclopædia Britannica 15th Edition (1985)]
He was the leading literary figure in 19th century Spain.
Galdós was a prolific writer, publishing 31 novels, 46 ''Episodios Nacionales'' (''National Episodes''), 23 plays, and the equivalent of 20 volumes of shorter fiction, journalism and other writings.
He remains popular in Spain, and is considered as equal to...